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Roadside Emergency Kit a Perfect Gift for the College Bound

School is almost back in session and students across the country will soon be packing up their cars and heading off to college. If you are searching for that perfect gift for the college-bound kid in your life, the Car Care Council suggests putting together a roadside emergency kit.

“A roadside kit is easy to assemble, not too expensive and extremely useful, plus it could be a life saver in the event of an emergency,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “While it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected while on the road, the best option is to avoid breakdowns and car trouble wherever possible. Performing basic maintenance and observing a regular service schedule can help avoid unforeseen road emergencies.”

Roadside emergency items can fit into a small duffle bag or rubber storage tote and include the following:

– Jumper cables

– Emergency flares

– Flashlight with batteries

– Blankets and extra clothes

– Non-perishable snacks and bottled water

– First aid kit, including essential medications

– Portable USB charger to keep the cell phone running even if the car is not

– Ice scraper, snow brush and small shovel for winter driving

– The Car Care Guide, available free of charge at carcare.org

Visit the Car Care Council’s website to access a number of tips and resources for vehicle maintenance, including a free custom service schedule.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/roadside-emergency-kit-perfect-gift-college-bound/

Dream Vacation or Nightmare Road Trip? Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Can Make the Difference

Road trip car trouble can be a real nightmare, but performing a pre-trip vehicle check helps drivers avoid a vacation breakdown disaster, says the Car Care Council.

“When dreaming about summer vacation, the thought of a roadside breakdown can be terrifying,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Performing a pre-trip driveway inspection gives motorists peace of mind by reducing the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble and providing an opportunity to have any repairs performed by a trusted technician before hitting the road.”

Right in their own driveway, motorists can determine how road ready their vehicle is with a 10-minute vehicle check. If service or repairs are needed, they can be performed in advance to ensure safety and reliability on the road.

Check the tires including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
Check filters and fluids including engine oil, power steering and brake, and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
Check the brakes and battery to be sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free and that the brakes are functioning properly.

The Car Care Council also recommends that motorists restock their emergency kit, consider a pre-trip tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy, and order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide for the glove box at http://www.carcare.org/car-care-guide.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/dream-vacation-or-nightmare-road-trip-pre-trip-vehicle-check-can-make-the-difference/

The 2017 Dodge Viper Commemorates 25 Years With One Final Lap

After owning the asphalt for 25 years running, the Dodge Viper will roar one final time with the 2017 model — the final year of production for the legendary supercar. Dodge is celebrating the milestone with five exclusive limited-edition models designed to highlight several of the most iconic special-edition Vipers.

2017 Dodge Viper Revs Its Engine


In keeping with 25 years of tradition, the 2017 Dodge Viper is built to do more than perform — it’s handcrafted in Detroit to leave the competition in the dust. All 2017 Dodge Vipers are powered by an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.

For 2017, the Detroit-built supercar that redefined speed and performance for the past quarter century returns with the record-breaking ACR package. With more track records than any production car in the world — 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America — the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever.

The 2017 Dodge Viper and these special editions will be available for order starting June 24, 2016. Check out all the details on the five special-edition models below:

Five Limited-Edition 2017 Dodge Viper Models


1. 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) — Celebrating the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65, and featuring the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes and a red and black exterior color scheme that extends to the interior and custom car cover.

2. Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR — Pays tribute to one of the most iconic Viper paint schemes of all time — the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition — and includes the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes and custom badging and decals.

3. Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR — Modeled after the original 2010 Viper VooDoo edition and featuring a black exterior, graphite metallic ACR driver’s stripe with red tracer outline, the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes and custom car cover.

4. Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC — Inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR and featuring new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin-patterned SRT® stripe, the Advanced Aero Package and custom car cover.

5. Dodge Dealer Edition ACR — Available exclusively through our highest sales volume Viper dealers: Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Illinois. Featuring a Viper White exterior with Competition Blue center stripe, Adrenaline Red driver stripe, the Extreme Aero Package, carbon ceramic brakes and custom car cover.

2017 Dodge Viper Customization and Personalization


When it comes to customization and personalization, your Viper is guaranteed to be unique. Each limited-edition Viper model features a serialized instrument panel badge with the model name that can be customized with the customer’s name.

And with more than 50 million unique build configurations, including the ACR package, available through the “1 of 1” customization program, the 2017 Dodge Viper is truly one-of-a-kind snake.

No two customers can order the same configuration, including color, in the same model year, which means your Viper will stand out in any crowd … even in a Viper den.

Learn more at Dodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Final Year of Viper Production with Five Exclusive Limited-edition Models, and start building your own at dodge.com/viper.

Read more at: http://blog.dodge.com/vehicles/special-editions/2017-dodge-viper-special-editions/

Seven Signs Your Brakes Need to be Inspected

Motorists should remember that routine brake inspections are essential to safe driving and maintaining your vehicle.

“When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list, so have your brakes checked by an auto service professional at least once a year,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing the key warning signs that your brakes may need maintenance will go a long way toward keeping you and others safe on the road.”

The Car Care Council recommends that motorists watch for seven signs that their brakes need to be inspected:

Noise: screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.

Pulling: vehicle pulls to one side while braking.

Low Pedal:brake pedal nearly touches the floor before engaging.

Hard Pedal: must apply extreme pressure to the pedal before brakes engage.

Grabbing: brakes grab at the slightest touch to the pedal.

Vibration: brake pedal vibrates or pulses, even under normal braking conditions.

Light: brake light is illuminated on your vehicle’s dashboard.

Brakes are a normal wear item on any vehicle and they will eventually need to be replaced. Factors that can affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type and the quality of the brake lining material.

Using the Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you remember to have your brakes inspected and take better care of your vehicle. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/seven-signs-your-brakes-need-to-be-inspected/

Keep Calm and Drive On

If the summer heat drives you to distraction, the last thing you need is a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system when you’re on the road. Checking your vehicle’s A/C annually will help you keep your cool when temperatures soar, says the Car Care Council.

“Getting stuck in traffic is stressful enough, but getting stuck in traffic during the heat of summer without a functioning A/C is the pits,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It is important to always have the A/C system properly maintained to keep it in tip-top shape and avoid costly repairs down the road.”

A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. A thorough inspection should be performed annually and a typical A/C service consists of the following steps:

A service technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures.


If the system is found to be low on refrigerant, a leak test is performed to find the source of the leak. Keep in mind that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, it is damaging the ozone layer.


Refrigerant may be added if necessary to “top off” the system, although some states do not allow “topping off.”


A technician may also check for evidence of refrigerant cross-contamination, which is the mixing of refrigerants.


A/C service should also include a check of the compressor’s drive belt and tension.


“Checking the A/C once a year is key to making sure your cooling system is running efficiently all year long,” White said. “A properly running HVAC system will help improve your gas mileage, is more environmentally-friendly and will keep you calm as you drive on.”

The Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle this summer and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/keep-calm-and-drive-on/

Dodge nabs CHP cars

Dodge announced that the famed California Highway Patrol (CHP) has ordered over 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars, to be delivered over the next two years.

The CHP is the largest state police agency in the nation, and this is their first major purchase since the end of a low-balled, three-year exclusive deal to buy Explorer-based Ford Police Utility crossovers. The CHP-Ford contract was a deciding factor in the move of other fleets from sedans to crossovers and SUVs.

The contract is the result of a competitive bidding process led by the California Department of General Services; the state takes performance into account. Local agencies within California will also be able to piggyback onto the contract, buying with the same price and equipment.

The Michigan State Police conduct similar tests, which are also published and used by other agencies.

Some of the cars in the order have the 12.1-inch touchscreen which integrates with law enforcement computers, an industry first which should increase safety and convenience.

Most of the sedans will be V6-powered to gain the EPA-rated 26 mpg highway mileage (police Chargers still have five-speed automatics; civilian cars are rated at 31 mpg). All are rear wheel drive, though there are police-edition AWD Chargers.

A small number of Charger Pursuits with 370-horsepower Hemi V-8 engines will be used by instructors at the CHP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Sacramento. All the cars should be in service by the end of the calendar year.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/07/dodge-nabs-chp-cars-32173

Feeling the Summer Heat? Your Car Battery is Too

If the heat of summer is wearing you down, it is likely taking its toll on your car battery too. Contrary to popular belief, summer highs rather than winter lows pose the greater threat to battery life, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.

Sooner or later all batteries have to be replaced. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery.

“When most motorists think of dead batteries that cause starting failure, they think of severe winter weather, but summer heat is the real culprit,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life.”

Colder temperatures increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. These factors lead to harder starting.

To get the most life out of a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the following simple steps:

imageBe sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot weather. Add distilled water when necessary.
Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.

Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

Battery Test By A TechnicianDriving habits such as frequent engine on/off cycles will cause more wear on the starter than a simple back and forth to work. Other factors include driving and weather conditions, mileage, vehicle age and excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems. Check the battery if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” and/or battery light illuminated.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/feeling-the-summer-heat-your-cars-battery-is-too/

The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Is Happening And This Is It

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You’ve screamed, hollered, yelled and begged and now here it is: the 2017 Jeep Wangler pickup. Here’s the proof.

Yes, this is a very camo-ed prototype, but it is the real thing. It is no longer an abstract idea or a series of flying rumors. It occupies this earth with us.

We’re quite certain that it will keep the body-on-frame construction. Aluminum may or may not be off the table. Maybe there will be a hybrid?

We will all just have to wait and see. But in the meantime, check out lots more photos in the JL Wrangler Forum, and Happy Jeeptruck Day!

Read more at: http://truckyeah.jalopnik.com/the-jeep-wrangler-pickup-is-happening-and-this-is-it-1783971011?rev=1469029163107&utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: What are the warning signs and how should you react?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, over 600 people die from complications related to extreme heat each year in the United States – more than tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, lightning or any other weather event combined.

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, but it’s important to identify the warning signs and to react swiftly and appropriately when they arise.

What’s the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

Heat exhaustion is the precursor to heatstroke and is a direct result of the body overheating.

According to Mayo Clinic, heat exhaustion is identifiable by heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, muscle cramps, nausea and headache.

These symptoms may develop over time or come on suddenly, especially during or following periods of prolonged exercise.

When heat exhaustion is not addressed, heatstroke can follow.

Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness and, without emergency treatment, it can lead to death. It results when your body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

“This is pretty complicated because a lot of things can happen. The short answer is it certainly can be fatal…,” Peter Sananman, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Penn Medicine, said.

At this temperature, your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles can also become damaged, leading to serious complications or death.
In the case of heatstroke, seeking medical attention is an absolute must, Sananman said.

In addition to a high body temperatures, the symptoms of heatstroke include altered mental state or behavior, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing and racing heart rate.

“Generally with heat exhaustion, a patient is sweating a lot, whereas with heat stroke, they’ve stopped sweating and are actually dry. It’s a good rule of thumb but isn’t always true,” he said.

If heat exhaustion is suspected, Sananman advises to remove the sufferer from heat and cool them down, if possible.

This can be done by getting out of the sun and removing or loosening tight clothes, misting the body with water or placing ice packs in the armpits and groin.

Additionally, rehydration is key. Consume plenty of water and avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar, he said.

If you or someone else is experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention.

How can you prevent heat-related illness?

Though it’s important to know how to identify heat exhaustion and heatstroke, both are preventable illnesses.
Have situational awareness, Sananman said.

“Recognize your own symptoms and either go to a cool location/rest or ask for help if you have difficulty getting around,” he said.
Additionally, understand that the body does acclimatize to heat, but it will take days to do so.

“So if you haven’t been in the heat in many weeks or months, just be aware that your body will not handle it as well as it may have in the past when you were acclimatized,” he said.

Proactively hydrating will help keep the body at a safe temperature.

“Drink more than what you think you should,” Kent Knable, EMS chief at Centre Life Link, said. “Once you start feeling thirsty, you’re actually dehydrated. So, you should be drinking to the point where you’re not feeling thirsty at all.”

Additionally, respond immediately if you start feeling ill.

“If you’re starting to feel ill, or are not feeling well, get out of the sun. Get into the shade,” Knable said. “Getting the sun off of you and some cool air blowing against you will help lower your temperature.”

Read more at: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/what-is-heat-exhaustion-heat-stroke-warning-signs-prevention-treatment/58866856

THE JEEP® BRAND HAS YOUR SUMMER NECESSITIES COVERED

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If you want to make summer 2016 truly sizzle, hop in the driver’s seat of a Jeep® brand vehicle and take an excursion to the city, go on a backcountry adventure, or set off on a day-trip with the family. To celebrate the season properly you need a vehicle that’s capable enough to reach your destination and stylish enough to leave a lasting impression, from the ballpark to the campground and everywhere in-between. Here’s your checklist for the summer necessities. On your mark, get set…

Day at the Ballpark

Nothing says summer quite like America’s pastime. Start planning your day at the ballpark with the 2016 Jeep Compass High Altitude. The leather-trimmed seats and power sunroof will make getting to the game, well, a day in the park. Once you arrive, the generous cargo space and available flip-down liftgate speakers will make you the all-star of any tailgate. Just make sure you have Take Me Out to the Ballgame on your playlist.

Weekend Camping Trip

At least once every summer you need to get away for peace of mind. Head to the woods and clear your head in the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. The legendary off-road vehicle can tackle any environment, and has the Trail Rated® badge to prove it. On four-wheel-drive models, the standard Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 system features a two-speed transfer case that uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action – sending as much as 100% of available torque to the axle with the most traction so you can plan your camping trip in any location and in nearly any weather conditions.

Essential Summer Road Trip

The summer road trip is a right of passage in America. It’s a way to revive the senses and expand boundaries. For those daring enough to explore new locations, the Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary edition will transport you to the far reaches of your city and your country. And since the best part of a road trip is the open-air freedom, the available My Sky® dual-panel roof will let in the sunshine and summer breezes. Just try to make it home before autumn, if you can.

Off-road Adventure

Whether there’s a trail in your hometown or you’re traveling to a Jeep Jamboree USA event, summer is the time to see what your 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon — the vehicle Four Wheeler magazine named “4×4 of the Decade” — is really capable of. Every Jeep Wrangler is fortified with underbody skid plates to help protect the fuel tank and transfer case, and heavy-duty, forged-steel dual front and single rear frame-mounted tow hooks come standard, in case you come upon a fellow trail rider in a pinch. If the forecast is sunny and conditions allow, drop the top and take off the doors* for a truly exhilarating summer trail ride.

Day at the Beach

Want to turn heads at the beach this summer? Pull up to shore in the unforgettable Jeep Cherokee and stake your claim in the sand. Featuring the innovative Jeep brand cargo management system with handy hooks and removable holders, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee is ready to haul your beach towels, cooler, flying disc, wakeboard and umbrella to the beach, not to mention buckets and shovels for the kids.

Backyard Cookout or Company Picnic

The smell of a grill is the smell of summer. You’re obligated to enjoy as many cookouts as possible, and to play all the croquet and badminton you can handle. Arrive with the family in the 2016 Jeep Patriot High Altitude, with bright exterior accents and the available 4×4 system, and show your true colors. The Patriot helps protect your most precious cargo with safety and security features, including a total of six airbags† and available ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.

Read more at: http://blog.jeep.com/news/jeep-brand-summer-necessities-covered/